In ancient Babylon, the women brewers were also priestesses. Goddesses Ninkasi and Siduri were patronesses of beer, and certain types were exclusively brewed for temple ceremonies.
Beer mugs over 3,000 years old were uncovered in Israel in the 1960s. Archaeologists said the find at Tel Isdar indicated Israelis’ beer drinking went back to the days of King Saul and King David.
An Assyrian tablet from 2,000BC lists beer among the foods Noah used to provision the ark.